The Pearl Project is committed to answering the nation’s call to maintain America’s prowess in innovation and invention with students that can lead the next generation as STEM savvy global leaders.
America knows that STEM literacy is a major component to answering this complex and ever mission critical need in the American workforce. STEM Jobs are projected to grow at a fast pace relative to other occupations. From 2008-2018, STEM jobs are expected to grow 17.0% compared to just 9.8% for non-STEM jobs
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. However, U.S. businesses frequently voice concerns over the supply and availability of STEM workers. Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs. STEM workers are also less likely to experience joblessness than their non-STEM counterparts. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. (US Dept. of Commerce) read more…
We must be a nation of BIG Ideas and our youth must be the purveyors of those ideas. The ability to generate new ideas designed to solve complex problems has become the gold standard of a nation driving economic stability and global leadership. The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy is dedicated to nurturing BIG ideas.
“Economic growth in the 21st century will be driven by our nations’ ability to both generate ideas and translate them into innovative products and services. Improving high school graduation rates and ensuring that all students are ready for college and the workforce is vital to states ability to compete in the global economy. State leaders increasingly view science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) achievement as critical component of success in college, career and life.” (National Governors Association, Mach 24, 2015)